Monday, June 21, 2010 6:08:44 PM
LJL Yes, I answered your question with a quote from Jesus. It's a relevant parable to the question. God has his own timing, That timing is appointed by God and humans have no influence on it.
What the parable basically says is don`t uproot the wheat with the weeds, It destroys the wheat before harvest time. Wait till harvest time then sort it all out. That is God`s plan in a nutshell.
Yes he could stop all evil right now, But that would cause a lot of hurt and pain for the people and world that remains. God will sort out the evil from the good on judgment day.
That`s not a sidestep, That`s the answer. The epicureans tried to `materialize` God, But their argument fails because God is spiritual not materialistic.
The job of defeating evil has yet to come, But it is coming just not at man`s direction or timing.